BABY FIRST FOOD AT 6 MONTHS
Hello everyone, I am Dr Surabhi your pediatrician. Today we will discuss about baby first food at 6 months to 12 months. Till this time baby is feeding mainly on mother's milk but after 6 months they need some nutrition apart from milk. So today I am going to discuss about 6 months baby food.
Introducing solids to baby ?
What is the correct quantity ?
How we should increase the quantity of food ?
How to introduce different taste to baby ?
What problems you will undergo during this phase ?
Let us start the discussion.
1. Introducing solids to the baby?
First of all, The main question that comes to our mind is how to start and what should be the baby first food at 6 months, means introducing baby to solids. My suggestion is to start with cereal grains. You can start either with wheat or rice. It is better to give Wheat in the form of dalia, suji or oats and give it to the baby in Semi-solid form.
2. What is the correct quantity? (Baby food recipes 6 months)
Sugar should be added in small quantity in food for 6 month old baby. At the beginning of introducing solids to the baby, start with one or two spoons of food for 1 to 3 days. When the baby would start liking the taste and getting adaptable to it, increase the quantity accordingly. You can increase the quantity from half bowl to full bowl when the child reaches 8 months. ( This is how I advise my patients for introducing baby to solids)
Besides you can give rice (in Semi-solid form), Spinach, Mashed Apple, Chiku and banana. Please remember whatever food you give to the baby, it should be boiled and mashed and you can give in Puree form. You can mash it with hand after boiling or use mixer grinder if you want a smooth paste. (Baby food recipes 6 months)
Apart from this mother's milk should not stop because it is very important for their overall development as he is not taking food in proper quantity.
After start giving food, you should note if their digestion is ok (loose motions or vomitings) or not or if they are allergic to any food ingredients. Make sure that baby is not getting irritated.
3. How should we increase the quantity of food?
Now we move forward to 8 to 10-month baby food, continue giving the same food but the texture can be changed. It can be a little bit more of a solid part which will help them as they grow. By this time try to give them less of mother's milk, start giving them cow milk or toned milk. Try not to give creamy milk as it is difficult to digest.
Now let's come to 10 to 12 months old baby food, by this time some teeth come out and they are a little bit grown up so they can be given solid food like egg, cottage cheese, biscuit, paneer or chapati dipped in milk.
4. How to introduce different taste to a baby?
Between 6 to 12 months of age, Babies get the knowledge about taste. Try to give him all types of food may it be vegetarian or non-vegetarian. This way they come across different tastes. Before giving them food try to introduce one taste at a time. This means when you are giving sweet try to give sweet only. In case of any salty food introduce only the salty food. One important point to note that baby kidney is not well developed by this time so Avoid giving more salt and sugar. The main motive of the introduction of food by this age is to make them familiar with the taste, so the quantity of food should be minimal.
“6 months baby food should contain less sugar or salt”
5. What problems will you undergo during this phase?
Taste differs for different babies. some babies like a sweet product while some may like the salty product. In this case, there is no need to worry, give them what they like more but at the same time keep introducing different taste. In case you find the baby not getting adapted to the food like vomiting or irritation, then consult a doctor.
“Please do not stop giving mothers milk, besides keep introducing new food to babies.”
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